We are seeing more and more homes that feature “out-swinging” French doors. Did you know that French doors that swing outward are even required by the building codes in the state of Florida? Why? Hurricanes. After Hurricane Andrew hit, it became a safety requirement to make all doors swing outward because that design provides much better protection from the powerful winds of tropical storms and hurricanes. Here in NC, we are fresh off the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. Even those who live quite far inland got a true feel for how powerful these storms can be. The impact from storms and wind is something we should all be mindful of when building or renovating a home.
But, just because doors are designed for practicality doesn’t mean that they can’t also be an attractive addition to the home. Adding screens to French doors is a notoriously difficult dilemma that Phantom Screens brilliantly solve. In fact, Florida leads the sales of Phantom Screens because it is without question the nicest way to screen a door.
The photos here show two recent projects by Retracting Solutions in North Carolina in which we installed 104-inch Phantom Screen retractable screen units to French Doors that swing outward. The Calico Linen color matches most of the soft white trim found in home interiors. However, Phantom offers 10 standard colors and even more upgraded color and wood grain options to match your home’s custom look. If the color you need cannot be found in the standard or upgraded color inventory, we still have you covered with a custom color match to meet your needs and make the transition from doors to screen seamless and flawless. If you have French doors in your home, even ones that swing outward, and you have been trying to figure out the best way to add a screen to them, then look no further and contact us today.